Provider advocates plan to tackle workforce issues with lawmakers, policymakers and other stakeholders this year.
That is according to LeadingAge, the nursing home association for not-for-profit providers, which announced its 2020 priorities for its Washington DC-based national policy team this week. New solutions to address the industry’s workforce crisis topped the list, which was developed based on provider input throughout the past year.
The ongoing workforce shortage has been a top concern for the organization in recent years. Last year, LeadingAge announced a set of proposals that aim to increase the number of foreign-born aging service workers in the United States in hopes it can ease the caregiver shortage.
“The priorities we announce today emerged from those meetings and will guide us in the coming months as we fight for adequate financing, responsive and responsible legislation, and thoughtful regulation that support the best care for older Americans,” LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said in a statement.
Other top priorities include: nursing homes and care quality; funding support for Medicare and Medicaid; long-term services and supports financing reform; and elder justice.
“The priorities will guide LeadingAge policy efforts in the coming months as we fight for adequate financing, responsive and responsible legislation, and thoughtful regulation that support the best care for older Americans,” the organization wrote in a blog post.